Australia

Is the patriarchy as all-powerful as it’s cracked up to be? The Baby Has Landed reviewed

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Anybody who watched the opening episode of The Baby Has Landed (BBC2, Wednesday) might have found themselves wondering if the…

Portrait of the week: Farage’s climbdown, Yorkshire’s floods and Australia’s fires

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Home Nigel Farage, the leader of the Brexit party, climbed down from his resolution to field 600 candidates in the…

Angourie Rice, who stars in Bruce Beresford’s 2018 film Ladies in Black [Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]

The most uplifting film ever made

26 October 2019 9:00 am

New York   Should art mirror the world as it is, or does an artist fail the public if the…

A decorative pageant that would appeal to civic grandees: The Secret River reviewed

7 September 2019 9:00 am

The Secret River opens in a fertile corner of New South Wales in the early 1800s. William, a cockney pauper…

Credit: Ian Hill

The Australian James Joyce: the novels of Gerald Murnane reviewed

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Gerald Murnane is the kind of writer literary critics adore. His novels have little in the way of plot or…

Douglas Murray: I can’t think of a time when more people have lost their minds

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Whenever I visit a country I try to pitch high and meet the president or prime minister. In Australia this…

The rough, simple and cheerily thick lifeguards of Bondi Rescue. Image: Mojo Down Under

All the good non-fiction that was ever on TV was made by middle-aged men

1 September 2018 9:00 am

All the good non-fiction things that were ever on TV — from Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation to David Attenborough’s Planet Earth…

Australia’s choice: Chinese trade – or American security?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Chinese trade or American security? It may be hard to have both

The lost girls: Irma Leopold (Samara Weaving), Miranda Reid (Lily Sullivan) and Marion Quade (Madeleine Madden) in Picnic at Hanging Rock

Po-faced but worth sticking with: Picnic at Hanging Rock reviewed

14 July 2018 9:00 am

According to the opening captions in Picnic at Hanging Rock (BBC2, Wednesday), ‘the infamous events’ it depicts ‘began whena mysterious…

Lee Miller in Hitler’s bath, 1945

Grim and glorious: Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain reviewed

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Tick, tock. Tick, tock. Stay too long in the Lee Miller exhibition at the Hepworth Wakefield and the metronome might…

An interesting – but unrealisable – interpretation: Royal Opera's Don Giovanni reviewed

14 July 2018 9:00 am

When Kasper Holten’s production of Don Giovanni was first staged at the Royal Opera in 2014, I disliked it intensely,…

Warner and Smith are paying for the sins of a generation of Australian cricket players

7 April 2018 9:00 am

When the much-admired (and very tall) literary agent Gillon Aitken died in October 2016, he left most of his estate…

Cricket’s ball-tampering scandal has been nothing but a tearful pantomime

7 April 2018 9:00 am

I haven’t seen so many men crying since the end of A Tale of Two Cities at the Scala Cinema…

I averted the wrath of the students by telling them I’d had a sex change

31 March 2018 9:00 am

I went to Australia with my constant companion Hilary, the only woman in England I’m not paying alimony to. She…

Peter Carey’s latest novel is a merciless excavation of Australian history

13 January 2018 9:00 am

More than 25 years ago, Peter Carey co-wrote one of the most audacious road movies ever made, Wim Wenders’s Until…

A cure for wanderlust: 23 hours in economy

Spending 23 hours in economy class will cure anyone’s wanderlust

6 January 2018 9:00 am

For some reason, I decided to go to the other side of the world for Christmas. I may never do…

The women tackling racism head on

26 August 2017 9:00 am

These three timely works of creative nonfiction explore the question of race: chronicling histories of colonialism and migration; examining the…

The way the BBC constantly asks you to log in to iPlayer is sneaky

12 August 2017 9:00 am

It’s sneaky, the way in which the BBC, so much regarded as part of the family as to be nicknamed…

A drama that really does show how much better Britain is today compared to 50 years ago

29 July 2017 9:00 am

As you may have spotted, the BBC is marking the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality with an…

A New World to discover

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The astonishing Aussie ‘Noirs’ that rival premier cru Burgundy

Thomas Keneally: writing the wrongs of the Catholic church

10 June 2017 9:00 am

This may seem an odd thing to say about a writer who’s been officially declared a National Living Treasure in…

How Malcolm Turnbull went from ‘it’ boy to nowhere man

11 March 2017 9:00 am

The other day, I went to a boozy barbecue near Sydney’s northern beaches. The guests were all political mates of…

Martin Gayford celebrates the quiet, underrated masterpieces of Michael Andrews

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Martin Gayford celebrates the quiet, underrated masterpieces of Michael Andrews

The children looked like a cross between the Von Trapps and the aliens in The Midwich Cuckoos

How to become a successful cult leader: offer love, and then withdraw it

10 December 2016 9:00 am

When I was 22 I met a man called Yisrayl Hawkins who said his coming had been prophesied in the…

The no-nonsense greatness of Australian wine

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Any Australian who admits to not having convict ancestors loses caste. When granted a coat of arms, the smart ones…